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I am the Arch-fiend, the Despoiler of Worlds, and by my hands shall the false Emperor fall.
~ Abaddon introducing himself.

Abaddon the Despoiler (also known as Ezekyle Abaddon) is one of the major antagonists in the Warhammer 40,000 franchise. He is the Warmaster of Chaos, former First Captain and now absolute leader of the Black Legion and rumored to be the clone progeny of Warmaster Horus. He is currently the most powerful Warmaster of all, successor to Horus, and blessed by the Chaos Gods. His Warhammer Fantasy and Age of Sigmar counterpart Is Archaon.

History

Pre-Heresy

Ezekyle Abaddon was the First Captain, leader of the First Company and official second-in-command of the Luna Wolves Legion, before it became the Black Legion. He looked upon Horus as a leader and a father, eventually revering him as a god and holding him above even the Emperor of Mankind.

Not only was he First Captain of his legion, whose exploits were known throughout the Imperium, he was also part of the choleric member of the Mournival, a group of four captains who acted as counselors to the Warmaster, and indeed had been in the group since its inception.

Extremely proud and quick to anger, Abaddon's martial record was unsurpassed by that of any other Luna Wolf. One of Abaddon's greatest glories was the final battle of the Ullanor Crusade, where only he and his Primarch Horus walked away from the speartip strike on the Ork Warlord's headquarters. He took his position extremely seriously, but did enjoy sharing his sense of humor with his Mournival brothers.

Imposing in almost every way, Abaddon possessed a particularly deep voice, was taller, stronger and bulkier than the average Space Marine, and wore his long black hair in a strikingly tall topknot when not using a helmet. He had similar facial features to those of Horus, particularly the widely spaced eyes and the long straight nose. He often wore a large black wolf-pelt over his power armor, to which he also attached a cloak upon occasion. Abaddon possessed both a suit of power armor and suit of Terminator Armour, the former being painted in the standard colors of his Legion, while the latter was primarily black in colour, which marked him out as a member of the 1st Company elite. Indeed, Abaddon's personal unit was the black-armored Justaerin Terminator Squad, but he normally left command of it to Captain Falkus Kibre. Little Horus Aximand quipped that this was because Abaddon was actually too big to fit inside a Terminator suit. Towards the end of the Great Crusade, Abaddon would only be seen in his black Terminator garb.

Abaddon had a strong dislike of Aliens that was notable even for a Space Marine; his antipathy for them was so strong that he actually argued against the Warmaster's intention to parley with the Interex, a human civilisation that allowed an alien species to coexist with them.

Abaddon eventually grew frustrated and angry at the Emperor's supposed "abandonment" of the Space Marine Legions, feelings which swelled to the surface when Horus was mortally wounded on the moon Davin and laid near to death. Another Space Marine, Erebus of the Word Bearers Legion, who had secretly orchestrated Horus' near-death, proposed taking Horus to the shamanic Serpent Lodge for healing. Desperate for an answer to that was not coming from their own medical facilities, Abaddon readily agreed to this plan. And so had the begun the road to damnation,

The Horus Heresy

First Captain Abaddon

Abaddon as he appeared during the Horus Heresy

After Horus' recovery, he renamed his Legion to the Sons of Horus, the Legion grew ruthless and hateful. Abaddon grew ever more protective of his Primarch and his Legion's reputation, to the point where he saw remembrancer criticism and Imperial investigation into Legion activities as threats and insults that could not be borne. He therefore sanctioned the murder of the poet Ignace Karkasy and the blaming of Legion-caused civilian casualties upon Garviel Loken. This course of action was frustrated by the refusal of Tarik Torgaddon to accede to the plan, and the Mournival brotherhood was effectively broken as a result.

Abaddon's thinking would prove to be in tune with that of his commander, who would eventually order not only the death of Karkasy but also that of Loken. Seemingly destined to be in lockstep with the Warmaster, when Horus came to the warrior lodge of his Legion to sway them into following him onto what would prove to be the path of heresy, Abaddon was amongst the first to swear his unquestioning loyalty.

Abaddon was present at several of the major actions of the Horus Heresy. During the purging of the loyalist Legionaries at Isstvan III, Abaddon notably took to the field with Horus Aximand to attend the final meeting of what had once been the Mournival, at which they dueled with Garviel Loken and Tarik Torgaddon, respectively. Though slightly wounded in the combat, and Aximand fundamentally changed, Abaddon and Aximand emerged the victors, with Loken and Torgaddon presumed dead.

7 years later, at the the Battle of Terra, the climax of the Horus Heresy, Horus and the Emperor had dueled on Horus' own flagship The Vengeful Spirit. Though the Emperor was mortally wounded, Horus was slain, definitively ending the Horus Heresy. The Sons of Horus recovered Horus' remains and retreated with the Traitor Legions to the region of space known as the Eye of Terror. Abaddon claimed Horus' lightning claw, the Talon of Horus, as his own along with the office of the Warmaster.

Post-Heresy

Abaddon eventually renamed the Sons of Horus as the Black Legion to expunge the name of Horus, who failed in his attempt to take over the Imperium. He eventually returned at the head of a diabolic horde which ravaged entire systems around the Eye of Terror before the Imperium could muster the strength to halt it. During this first "Black Crusade", Abaddon made many bloody pacts with the infernal powers. In the crypts below the Tower of Silence on Uralan, Abaddon recovered the Daemon Sword Drach'nyen. With the howling daemon blade in his fist Abaddon became nigh unstoppable. Whole cities were burned in sacrifice to the ever-hungry daemons of Chaos, and entire armies were torn apart by gibbering warp entities. Abaddon's power swelled to inhuman proportions as the gods of Chaos rewarded him lavishly and he undertook acts of fiendish bravery which horrified those who stood against him.

During the Gothic War Abaddon almost brought an entire sector to its knees. His fleets were augmented with a newly constructed flagship, known for good reason as the Planet Killer. Alongside this he somehow activated and gained control of the Blackstone Fortresses, mysterious constructions allegedly predating the Imperium itself that combined to generate prodigious destructive firepower. Abaddon attacked while the sector was cut off from reinforcements by warp storms and caused huge damage to the Imperial battlefleet, destroyed a number of planets and devastated many more. Only the intervention of the Eldar enabled Imperial forces to stop the Chaos fleet.

In the most recent assault, Abaddon managed to gain a foothold in the Cadian Gate, planning to extend the Eye of Terror to encompass even Terra in a plan known as The Crimson Path. Abaddon's forces were able to gain a foothold on Cadia to the point where only a single Imperial bastion, Kasr Kraf, remained. After the vicious Battle of the Elysion Fields, Kasr Kraf fell and Abaddon moved onto the last stage of his plan: destroying the Cadian Pylons. In the final battle beneath Cadia's surface Abaddon personally clashed with a variety of foes including Saint Celestine, the Geminae Superia, inquisitor Greyfax, and Ursaker Creed for control of the Pylons. Abaddon bested them all and managed to defeat Celestine who had become depowered by the activation of Cadia's pylons. However despite the loss of an arm, Creed distracted Abaddon long enough for Celestine to impale him from behind with her giant flaming sword. Horribly wounded, Abaddon was forced to teleport back to his flagship the Vengeful Spirit.

But despite his wounds Abaddon was able to finish off Cadia by redirecting the debris of the Blackstone Fortress Will of Eternity into its surface. The impact destabilized the Pylons, and Cadia was cracked in half and sucked into the Warp. Despite the final destruction of Cadia, Abaddon became enraged when he learned from Zaraphiston (his most senior advisor) that the Archmagos Belisarius Cawl had escaped with a relic of profound importance to Kalisus, the furthest planet in the Cadian system. Abaddon pursued Cawl and the remaining Imperial survivors to the world, but his prize was denied to him by the Eldar, who aided the Imperials and forced him to withdraw.

Vigilus

Abaddon later reemerged at the head of a massive Chaos armada to invade Vigilus. His objective was to destroy the planets Blackstone (which contains anti-warp properties) deposits and permanently seal the Nachmund gauntlet, the only reliable route left that leads to the northern part of the Imperium, called Nihilus. After acquiring the ancient gravity-altering weapon known as the Voidclaw to decimate much of Vigilus' surface, Abaddon's victory seemed certain. However, he was goaded by Imperial Commander Marneus Calgar into a duel. Though he bested Calgar in the battle and nearly slew him, the Ultramarines chapter master had used the distraction to cripple the Vengeful Spirit with an allied Eldar vessel loaded with Deathstrike missiles (plasma nukes). Faced with slaying Calgar or saving his prized flagship, Abaddon teleported away from Vigilus and left the warzone when the Vengeful Spirit made an emergency transition into the Warp. Even so Abaddon still hopes to seal off the Nachmund Gauntlet with the Planet Killer, a ship long thought destroyed. 

Abilities and Wargear

Abaddon the Despoiler is considered to be one of the strongest characters (With the exception of Gods) in the current timeline of 40k and for good reason. He is a near-unmatched warrior of immense superhuman strength and skill who is armed with a deadly arsenal of Chaos artifacts and daemonic weaponry as well as abilities that surpass any astartes/space marine. Any foe he faces in battle or in a duel short of a primarch will always be overpowered and beaten with relative ease. In times of need he can call upon the powers of chaos.

  • Talon of Horus On his right hand Abaddon wears a large master-crafted lightning claw with an in-built Combi-Bolter, taken from his former primarch Horus. A rightly feared weapon, most notorious for slaying the beloved primarch Sanguinius right before Horus duelled the Emperor. Like any lightning claw it can carve through flesh and armor with equal ease and in the hands of Abaddon it is a devastatingly effective weapon.
  • Combi-bolter A combi-bolter is a twin-barreled weapon that fires .75 calibre rocket-propelled rounds which are designed to explode after penetration, ensuring full lethatlity. It is capable of firing in both semi-automatic and fully automatic modes and can also fire in two or four rounds bursts. it can also be loaded with a wide variety of different munition types, from power armor destroying vengeance rounds to extremely expensive warp shells which can create miniature black holes. 
  • Drach'nyen In his left hand Abaddon wields the legendary daemon sword Drach'nyen. It is host to a daemon of untold power birthed from the first murder of sentient beings. A powerful blade with a sentience of it's own, the weapon can sunder the material universe with it's edge, cutting through matter like a mundane blade cuts through smoke. No protection, be it armor or forcefields can hope to survive even a single strike. It devours the souls of those it strucks and drinks the energy of the warp like water, consuming all in it's path utterly. The daemon can also alter the form of the blade revealing the skulls and faces of those it has devoured, which is sure to have a crushing effect on enemy morale. 
  • Armor of Abaddon Abaddon wears highly customized archaic Catapharactii pattern Terminator Armor. The armor is durable enough to withstand anti-tank missiles with ease and even high-powered energy weapons such as plasma rifles (which fires bolts of superheated energy as hot as a sun) and even a few lascannon shots (laser cannons which can reliably penetrate virtually any form of armor) without considering the daemonic protection Abaddon has been granted. The suit is covered with numerous amounts of archaic devices, runes and fetishes that he has collected over the millennia since the Horus Heresy. Notably inscribed with a daemonic rune which greatly increases his protection from mortal weapons, be it melee or ranged. 
  • Mark of Chaos Ascendant Abaddon bares the mark of Chaos Ascendant, which bestows him all the benefits of the four other marks of the major Chaos Gods, officially branding him as the greatest champion of Chaos Undivided. This also means he cannot be killed outright by anything in the physical world. Only a psyker of immense might and undoubted purity of both mind and heart is said to be able to destroy Abaddon for all time so that the Dark Gods are unable to resurrect him. 

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​Trivia

  • Abaddon is similar to Annihilus. Both villains are wrathful and genocidal leaders of big space armadas who lives in another dimension.
  • Abaddon (also known as Abaddan, Apollyon, Appolyon and Appolion) literally meaning destructionruin or perdition — is the Hebrew name of the demon identified as the 'angel' of the bottomless pit, or the abyss, in Christian Bible in the Book of Revelation of St. John; Revelation 9:11.
  • He is nicknamed Failbaddon the Armless by fans due of having failed twelve crusades against the Imperium and because the arms of the character's miniatures have the tendency yof falling off.
  • After 13th black crusades Abaddon finally achieved his goal of splitting the galaxy in half and destroying Cadia, though Terra was left unharmed. 
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